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How Steady are China-Israel Relations?:  Giorgio Cafiero, Arab Center Washington, DC, Aug. 28, 2023 The twenty-first century has witnessed China’s economic ascendancy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Its diplomatic influence in the region is growing too, underscored by the March 10 Saudi-Iran normalization deal brokered in Beijing.

China’s Economic Slowdown Is Rippling Across the GlobeThe Japan Times, Aug. 28, 2023

China’s Road to Ruin:  Michael Bennon and Francis Fukuyama, Foreign Affairs, Aug. 22, 2023

China is Doing Everything It Can to Conceal the True Extent of Its Economic Turmoil: Linette Lopez, Business Insider, Aug. 29, 2023

Israel Should Reassess Its Relations with China:  Efraim Inbar, Asia Times, Aug, 3, 2023

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The End of China’s Economic Miracle:  Adam S. Posen, Foreign Affairs, Aug. 2, 2023 — As 2022 came to an end, hopes were rising that China’s economy—and, consequently, the global economy—was poised for a surge.
China Turned Upside Down:  Weijian Shan, Foreign Affairs, Jan. 26, 2019 — This month marks the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and the United States and the start of China’s “reform and opening up.”
Israel Flirts With China To Establish Saudi Arabia Ties, But Can ‘New Kid On The Block’ Beijing Broker Deal?:  Kawala Xie,  SCMP, Aug. 7, 2023 — Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu may look to Beijing to help his country normalise relations with Saudi Arabia amid tensions with the United States, but challenges lie ahead for Beijing’s role as a mediator because of its lack of leverage over the parties, analysts said.
US Push for a Saudi-Israel Deal Is All About China:  Hal Brands, Bloomberg, Aug. 11, 2023 —  President Joe Biden’s great Middle Eastern gambit is all about China: The administration is trying to broker better relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia, largely as a way of containing Beijing’s influence in a vital region.

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